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Huge drum circle pounds out Macworld finale

Macworld 2012 was a high-tech smorgasbord of iPhone accessories, iPad apps and futuristic high-tech gizmos. But the Macworld expo ended with a celebration of archaic gizmos that people have been using for tens of thousands of years.

The Macworld conference got all modern primitive for its closing ceremony, with an enormous drum circle of nearly 500 participants. The drumming could be heard in all corners of San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center. Check out a video filmed by Allvoices reporter Roseann Cima here.

Many Macworld attendees must have heard it and figured it was another Service Employees Union protest. That kind of things happens pretty much every day in San Francisco.

The drum circle was led by Arthur Hull, drum circle guru from Village Music Drum Circles. Dude knows how to lead a drum circle, alright. He's actually developed drum circle curricula for use in corporate retreats and therapeutic sessions with at-risk kids. Remo Drums was courteous enough to provide, drums, bells and percussion tools for all who wished to participate.

Seriously, though, why end a high-tech trade show in such incredibly low-tech fashion?

"We're here at the closing to remind you about who were are, in community," Mr. Hull explained. "There is no electricity involved in this event, except for this part right here," he continued, pointing to his heart.

"We're ancient futurists. We're using this technology to connect with community," Mr. Hull said. "Remember that who's on the other side of this technology has heart, spirit, eyes, fingers and is sharing."

Perhaps Mr. Hull has a point. The more we automate our lives with personal technology, things like drum circles might become the only thing that separates us from the Cylons.

For more of Allvoices' coverage of Macworld | iWorld 2012, check out allvoices.com/macworld2012.